Show-Me Response is Missouri’s Emergency System for Advanced Registration for Volunteer Health Professionals, which is a federal directive through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support more efficient intrastate, state-to-state, and state-to-federal health care volunteer response. It is a web-based management system that allows health care and non-medical professionals to preregister online and become volunteers in the event of a major disaster or public health emergency. Show-Me Response provides readily available, verifiable, up-to-date information regarding a volunteer’s identity, professional license verification status, and employment information, as well as tools to notify and manage the activation of volunteers.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities. The MRC program was founded following President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address when he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country.
MRC volunteers include medical, non-medical, and public health professionals, who are interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdiction. MRC units identify, screen, train and organize the volunteers, and utilize them to support routine public health activities and augment preparedness and response efforts. MRC volunteers include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, mental health professionals, EMS professionals, respiratory therapists, other public health professionals, non-medical professionals, and others who can fill key support positions.